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Red Day event held to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.

22 Mar 2022

Abu Dhabi, March 22, 2022: National Ambulance, recently, organised a women's heart health event to educate female and male employees about the importance of women taking care of their heart health and encourage them to take the necessary measures to keep their heart healthy and reduce the possibility of cardiovascular disease. Going ‘all red’ to promote women’s heart health, a variety of interactive awareness sessions and activities were organised on Women’s Day in Ajman Civil Defense’s theatre. The sessions were attended by senior officials and employees from National Ambulance who were actively engaged through face-to-face and virtual participation.
Ahmed Saleh Al Hajeri, Chief Executive Officer of National Ambulance, said: “According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths every year. It is vital that women take care of their heart health and understand the personal risk factors, family history and unique life events that can impact their risk.” 
National Ambulance statistics indicated that the emergency medical provider responded to more than 3,690 cardiac and chest pain related cases in the Northern Emirates in 2021, 32 percent of which were for women. According to international studies, cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. But about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented with education and healthy lifestyle changes. 
Al Hajeri added: “Through this event we want to show our support for women in the fight against cardiovascular disease and urge them to take the right steps to prevent it. The more awareness of symptoms, personal risks and how to lower and prevent them the better chance a woman has for beating it. It can all start by adopting a healthy lifestyle with a regular physical routine to maintain a healthy weight and keep blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels normal, as well as stopping smoking, which all contribute to lowering the risk of heart disease.”
National Ambulance reminds the public to call the emergency ambulance number 998 or use the NA998 App in the event of a suspected heart attack or feeling chest pain, especially for people who have a history of heart disease.